5 wonderful winter experiences in North Island

North Island’s Central Plateau is bubbling with excitement year-round. Hit the road in this stunning region this winter and enjoy these top experiences.

Waitomo Glowworm Caves, Waitomo

1. Discover a subterranean wonderland

Beneath the rolling hills of Waitomo, around two hours from Auckland, lies a network of limestone caverns with stunning formations and glowworm-lit caves enjoyed on a guided boat tour. If you’re clients are into adventure, try the unique black water rafting experience on the underground rivers.

2. See the impressive Taranaki Falls

Starting near the Whakapapa Information Centre, the Taranaki Falls loop track in Ruapehu region follows the crystal clear river to the impressive Taranaki Falls. Enjoy fabulous volcanic views along the way before reaching the remarkable falls.

3. Ski on expansive volcanic terrain

Take the chairlift up New Zealand’s largest volcano, Mount Ruapehu. Hit the Turoa area on the southwest side for Australasia’s biggest vertical drop and expansive, open runs or head to Whakapapa on the northern side for a dramatic volcanic feel. If ski is not your client’s gig, just enjoy coffee and fabulous views from what feels like the top of the world.

4. Walk on an active volcano

Get up close to roaring steam vents, bubbling pits of mud, hot volcanic streams and the amazing lake of steaming acid at White Island or Whakaari, 50km off the coast of the Bay of Plenty near Rotorua. It is hard to imagine this other-worldly island was ever inhabited by humans.  

5. Soak in geothermal waters

No visit to Rotorua is complete without a dip in the naturally-heated mineral waters of Polynesian Spa and a lush spa therapy. This tranquil lakeside retreat was voted among the world's Top 10 Spa's by Conde Nast Traveller Magazine.